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ASDF scrambles in response to Russian aircraft up by half

  • October 14, 2017
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Several Saturday morning papers reported on an SDF announcement on Friday that the number of ASDF scrambles in response to Russian military aircraft increased by almost 50% during the six-month period ending on Sept. 30 to 267. The Defense Ministry speculated that the Russians are anxious to collect intelligence on enhanced coordination between the U.S. military and the SDF over North Korea. In contrast, Japan’s scrambles in response to PLA aircraft plunged by 30% to 287 in the same period.

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